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  1. Sonnet 130 by Shakespeare ridicules the concern of the notion of beauty
  2. The writer of sonnet 130 compares the beauty of her mistress with several natural beauties such as snow and coal
  3. Milton's when I consider is a different art piece from quite a different period when the people of the nation more focuses on their devotion to God
  4. Due to his blindness, the poet is shocked
  5. According to the poet, his poetry work happens to be a gift from God

The poetic work Shakespeare: Sonnet 130 and John Milton's When I Consider How my light is Spent, are two sonnets from different periods. The Shakespearean represents the Elizabethan period or the period between 1558 and 1603. On the other hand, the John Milton's work represent the early seventeenth century period (1600 to 1660.). People living in the two different periods believed in different things and these two art works represent different themes from the periods. This paper is a comparison between the two art works in terms of what they represent as far as what people during the two respective periods believed in and valued the most.

[...] As a result of this, the poet feels that he is facing sinful idleness. This shows that during the time, people believed that had to walk with God's spirit simplified by light. Without the spirit of God, one would be nothing, just as the writer feels. One would be facing difficulties as well as being unable to serve God, which the most important thing in life. According to the poet, his poetry work happens to be a gift from God. [...]


[...] He talks about serving God and he respects God with fear. This is an indication of the culture of fearing God during the period and believing in God's punishment (Herberth). At the beginning, the writer believes that he is going to be punished by God for his being blind. He then spends time thinking of God as well as the relationship he had with him. This indicates the importance of having a relationship with a God. Quite different from the Elizabethan time where no one is seen mentioning of God. [...]

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